13 Day Classic India with Ranthambore

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Triple Rooms at Trident Agra Hotel, Trident Udaipur Hotel and Trident Nariman Point Hotel will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.


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Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately paced program has a few long travel days with 5-8 hours driving between cities. Expect some early wake-up calls around 4 to 5 am in Ranthambore and Udaipur for sightseeing and intra-flights. Some days will require walking for extended periods of time, walking over uneven terrain, travel in 4x4 vehicles over rough terrain. Canter vehicles will be used in Ranthambore National Park for Safari activities. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Sydney-New Delhi, Mumbai-Sydney
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Udaipur-Mumbai
  • 12 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights New Delhi
    • 2 nights Agra
    • 2 nights Ranthambore
    • 2 nights Jaipur
    • 1 night Jodhpur
    • 2 nights Udaipur
    • 1 night Mumbai
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 19 meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • View the imposing India Gate War Memorial in New Delhi
  • View Raj Ghat, cremation site and memorial to Mahatma Gandhi
  • Qutab Minar Victory Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Taj Mahal, the most perfect architectural monument in the world
  • Safari in Ranthambore National Park, previously hunting grounds of Maharajas
  • Visit the Amber Fort with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors
  • View the Mehrangarh Fort, called the "Citadel of the Sun"
  • Visit Udaipur’s spectacular City Palace, creation of marble and granite
  • Stand before the commanding Gateway to India Arch in Mumbai

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately paced program has a few long travel days with 5-8 hours driving between cities. Expect some early wake-up calls around 4 to 5 am in Ranthambore and Udaipur for sightseeing and intra-flights. Some days will require walking for extended periods of time, walking over uneven terrain, travel in 4x4 vehicles over rough terrain. Canter vehicles will be used in Ranthambore National Park for Safari activities. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for India
Welcome to India! Arrive in the energetic capital city of New Delhi; meet your representative and transfer to the hotel. Time to rest and relax after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: New Delhi

DAY 2, Monday - Old & New Delhi
Wake up this morning to the incredible journey in India that awaits you. Begin in the walled city of Old Delhi, founded by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Travel along the winding streets to Raj Ghat, memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation and site of his cremation. Stop to photograph the massive Red Fort, a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. Then, ride a cycle rickshaw along the lanes of Chandni Chowk, once the imperial avenue of Mughal royalty. The tour continues to New Delhi, a city of airy boulevards, lush parks and gardens. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Qutab Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret and the 20th-century Birla Temple, honoring the Hindu goddess of wealth. Drive past the imposing India Gate War Memorial to Indian and British soldiers, Parliament House and the Presidential Palace. Tonight, return back to the hotel, and enjoy an orientation meeting with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager. The remainder of your evening is at leisure
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Tuesday - New Delhi to Agra
Morning visit to Akshardham Temple, it is a beautifully ornate structure carved by 7,000 sculptors out of pink sandstone and white marble with over 20,000 statues, floral motifs and exquisite carved pillars made of stone that epitomizes the spirituality and beauty of the country's rich Hindu culture. This architectural masterpiece, built along the river Yamuna, lies in an area of over 100 acres with beautiful gardens, water fountains and carved pavilions. Afterwards, on to Agra, with its celebrated past, rich heritage and architectural treasures. En route, stop at the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and inlay of semi-precious stones.The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the delights of this splendid city. This evening dinner together at the hotel in Agra
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday - Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
A memorable day as you visit the astonishing Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved Queen. This is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world, built of white marble and precious stones over a 22 year period; regarded as the finest example of Mughal design in the world. Afterwards, stop at Kalakriti Marble, whose founding family was inspired by the Taj Mahal to become a manufacturer of fine inlaid marble work. Marvel at the museum quality workmanship as you watch a demonstration of the timely process of marble carvings, filigree and stone inlay. Afterwards, you'll be able to browse their home furnishings and decorative items. Later, visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its incredible maze of walled courtyards, mosques and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Tonight, celebrate "love" at an optional evening performance of Mohabbat-e-Taj; a series of plays that portrays the intense love of the Shah Jahan for his wife and depicts the lavish lifestyle of the Mughal era
Optional: Mohabbat-e-Taj Show (PM)
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Thursday - Agra to Ranthambore National Park
Depart Agra to the small ancient village of Abhaneri in northern Rajasthan. Here, you visit the Chand Baori step well, fortified on all sides, one of the oldest and largest in India dating back to the 8th or 9th century. This unique idea, conceived by the early natives to function as a water reservoir, is situated adjacent to the temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, the goddess of joy and happiness. After lunch, drive to the Ranthambore National Park region, one of the largest and most renowned national parks in Northern India, the former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Time to enjoy the beautiful new surroundings. Dinner together tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Ranthambore
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Ranthambore National Park Safari
Today, set out on an early morning drive to the wildlife sanctuary at Ranthambore National Park. A local naturalist guide joins you in your park-assigned Jeep or Canter vehicle as you begin your search for elusive tigers as well as hyenas, jackals and foxes. The park is dotted with structures, including a huge hilltop fort reminiscent of a bygone era. Ranthambore National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of "Project Tiger." The park is truly a wildlife enthusiasts and photographer's dream, most famous for its tigers and one of the best locations in India to see these majestic predators in their natural habitat. Enjoy lunch at the hotel, with time to relax before the evening safari that is sure to thrill you. Return to the lodge in time for dinner together - a great opportunity to compare your wildlife stories
Overnight: Ranthambore
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Travel to Jaipur
Travel to Jaipur, gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan. Arrive in this glorious city, with its colorful stucco buildings lining the wide streets and you'll understand why it's nicknamed the "Pink City." The city was painted this unique color in 1876 to celebrate the first visit of the Prince of Wales to Jaipur. Drive past stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces en route to the hotel. Visit the world-famous Raj Mandir Cinema, a popular symbol of Jaipur with its astonishing meringue-shaped auditorium, ever-changing colored lighting and a symmetrical shaped exterior
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Amber Fort and Highlights of Jaipur
Excursion to the spectacular Amber Fort, a stunning fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles, with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors. On the way, drive past the Hawa Mahal, the "Palace of Winds" with its lacy ornamental façade accented by delicate latticework and honeycomb windows. Arrive to the Amber Fort and ascend the hill to the ramparts by jeep. From here, view the breathtaking panorama of Jaipur's original city walls and Maotha Lake. Enjoy some refreshments while shopping the vast collection of local handicrafts at Jaipur Handicrafts, offering premium quality handmade carpets, textiles, pashminas, pottery and paintings. Fabrics in all colors and texture are available for loose purchase as well as custom design work. This afternoon's tour includes the beautifully preserved 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory with its ingenious instruments, and the opulent City Palace, a former royal residence, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of paintings, costumes and armory. Tonight's optional evening is highlighted by the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a local neighborhood restaurant where you'll be entertained by performers in traditional attire performing dance moves to the rhythm of accompanying musical instruments
Optional: Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Cultural Performance
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Monday - Jaipur to Jodhpur
Arrive in the blue-hued old city of Jodhpur, which lies at the foot of the massive Mehrangarh Fort that dominates the skyline. Time to relax before the visit to the Jaswant Thada Memorial, built in 1899 out of the finest marble in honor of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Afterwards, ascend to the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, built in 1459 of burnished redsand stone, often called the "Citadel of the Sun." This fort, one of the most impressive in all of Rajasthan, is acknowledged as one of the best preserved forts in all of India. Tonight, enjoy dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Jodhpur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - Ranakpur en Route to Udaipur
This morning, depart Jodhpur for Udaipur. On your drive, stop in Ranakpur to visit one of the Jain's holiest pilgrimage centers and the Jain Temple, dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, crafted of pure white marble with more than a thousand columns. See the magnificent views of the surrounding landscape before departing to Udaipur, known as the "City of Lakes" and celebrated for its fairy-tale marble palaces that seem to rise from the waters of Lake Pichola. Spend the rest of the day acquainting yourself with this beautiful city
Overnight: Udaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Wednesday - Udaipur and Lake Pichola
On your morning tour of Udaipur visit the spectacular City Palace, a soaring creation of marble and granite perched on the lake's edge. This extravagant palace complex, the largest in Rajasthan, blends medieval, European, and Chinese architecture and is richly decorated with glittering Belgium mirrors. After, on to the Jagdish Temple, with its exterior reliefs of alligators, elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians rising in tiers, the largest and most splendid temple of Udaipur. The serene setting of the Sahelliyon-ki-Bari gardens is your next stop, with its lovely fountains, lotus pools and marble elephants. Linger at the gardens, return to the town, or head back to the hotel. Later enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Pichola
Overnight: Udaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Thursday - Mumbai (formerly Bombay)
Board a flight this morning to Mumbai, the most populous city in India, with a rich blend of Eastern and Western heritage. Begin at the commanding Gateway to India Arch, built to commemorate the 1911 royal visit of King George V. Ironically, 24 years later, the last British regimen marched through the Arch while leaving India following the country's independence. Continue to Dhobi Ghat, where dirty laundry from all over Mumbai is brought to a massive open-air laundry and painstakingly hand washed by the "dhobis" (washermen) in endless rows of concrete troughs fitted with flogging stones. It provides an unforgettable glimpse into the workings of the city and unlike anything you have ever seen. Stop at the Mani Bhavan Mahatma Gandhi Museum where Gandhi's movement was launched in 1942 and the serene ISKCON Temple. Drive through colonial Mumbai with its many buildings, structures and historical monuments still remaining from the colonial era. Tonight, share wonderful memories of your journey in India at a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Mumbai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Friday - Depart India
Spend the day at leisure to explore Mumbai on your own. Late evening transfer to the airport for all flights departing near midnight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for India
Welcome to India! Arrive in the energetic capital city of New Delhi; meet your representative and transfer to the hotel. Time to rest and relax after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: New Delhi

DAY 2, Thursday - Old & New Delhi
Wake up this morning to the incredible journey in India that awaits you. Begin in the walled city of Old Delhi, founded by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Travel along the winding streets to Raj Ghat, memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation and site of his cremation. Stop to photograph the massive Red Fort, a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. Then, ride a cycle rickshaw along the lanes of Chandni Chowk, once the imperial avenue of Mughal royalty. The tour continues to New Delhi, a city of airy boulevards, lush parks and gardens. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Qutab Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret and the 20th-century Birla Temple, honoring the Hindu goddess of wealth. Drive past the imposing India Gate War Memorial to Indian and British soldiers, Parliament House and the Presidential Palace. Tonight, return back to the hotel, and enjoy an orientation meeting with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager. The remainder of your evening is at leisure
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Friday - New Delhi to Agra
Morning visit to Akshardham Temple, it is a beautifully ornate structure carved by 7,000 sculptors out of pink sandstone and white marble with over 20,000 statues, floral motifs and exquisite carved pillars made of stone that epitomizes the spirituality and beauty of the country's rich Hindu culture. This architectural masterpiece, built along the river Yamuna, lies in an area of over 100 acres with beautiful gardens, water fountains and carved pavilions. Afterwards, on to Agra, with its celebrated past, rich heritage and architectural treasures. En route, stop at the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and inlay of semi-precious stones.The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the delights of this splendid city. This evening dinner together at the hotel in Agra
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
A memorable day as you visit the astonishing Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved Queen. This is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world, built of white marble and precious stones over a 22 year period; regarded as the finest example of Mughal design in the world. Afterwards, stop at Kalakriti Marble, whose founding family was inspired by the Taj Mahal to become a manufacturer of fine inlaid marble work. Marvel at the museum quality workmanship as you watch a demonstration of the timely process of marble carvings, filigree and stone inlay. Afterwards, you'll be able to browse their home furnishings and decorative items. Later, visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its incredible maze of walled courtyards, mosques and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Tonight, celebrate "love" at an optional evening performance of Mohabbat-e-Taj; a series of plays that portrays the intense love of the Shah Jahan for his wife and depicts the lavish lifestyle of the Mughal era
Optional: Mohabbat-e-Taj Show (PM)
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday - Agra to Ranthambore National Park
Depart Agra to the small ancient village of Abhaneri in northern Rajasthan. Here, you visit the Chand Baori step well, fortified on all sides, one of the oldest and largest in India dating back to the 8th or 9th century. This unique idea, conceived by the early natives to function as a water reservoir, is situated adjacent to the temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, the goddess of joy and happiness. After lunch, drive to the Ranthambore National Park region, one of the largest and most renowned national parks in Northern India, the former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Time to enjoy the beautiful new surroundings. Dinner together tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Ranthambore
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Ranthambore National Park Safari
Today, set out on an early morning drive to the wildlife sanctuary at Ranthambore National Park. A local naturalist guide joins you in your park-assigned Jeep or Canter vehicle as you begin your search for elusive tigers as well as hyenas, jackals and foxes. The park is dotted with structures, including a huge hilltop fort reminiscent of a bygone era. Ranthambore National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of "Project Tiger." The park is truly a wildlife enthusiasts and photographer's dream, most famous for its tigers and one of the best locations in India to see these majestic predators in their natural habitat. Enjoy lunch at the hotel, with time to relax before the evening safari that is sure to thrill you. Return to the lodge in time for dinner together - a great opportunity to compare your wildlife stories
Overnight: Ranthambore
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Travel to Jaipur
Travel to Jaipur, gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan. Arrive in this glorious city, with its colorful stucco buildings lining the wide streets and you'll understand why it's nicknamed the "Pink City." The city was painted this unique color in 1876 to celebrate the first visit of the Prince of Wales to Jaipur. Drive past stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces en route to the hotel. Visit the world-famous Raj Mandir Cinema, a popular symbol of Jaipur with its astonishing meringue-shaped auditorium, ever-changing colored lighting and a symmetrical shaped exterior
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday - Amber Fort and Highlights of Jaipur
Excursion to the spectacular Amber Fort, a stunning fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles, with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors. On the way, drive past the Hawa Mahal, the "Palace of Winds" with its lacy ornamental façade accented by delicate latticework and honeycomb windows. Arrive to the Amber Fort and ascend the hill to the ramparts by jeep. From here, view the breathtaking panorama of Jaipur's original city walls and Maotha Lake. Enjoy some refreshments while shopping the vast collection of local handicrafts at Jaipur Handicrafts, offering premium quality handmade carpets, textiles, pashminas, pottery and paintings. Fabrics in all colors and texture are available for loose purchase as well as custom design work. This afternoon's tour includes the beautifully preserved 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory with its ingenious instruments, and the opulent City Palace, a former royal residence, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of paintings, costumes and armory. Tonight's optional evening is highlighted by the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a local neighborhood restaurant where you'll be entertained by performers in traditional attire performing dance moves to the rhythm of accompanying musical instruments
Optional: Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Cultural Performance
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Thursday - Jaipur to Jodhpur
Arrive in the blue-hued old city of Jodhpur, which lies at the foot of the massive Mehrangarh Fort that dominates the skyline. Time to relax before the visit to the Jaswant Thada Memorial, built in 1899 out of the finest marble in honor of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Afterwards, ascend to the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, built in 1459 of burnished redsand stone, often called the "Citadel of the Sun." This fort, one of the most impressive in all of Rajasthan, is acknowledged as one of the best preserved forts in all of India. Tonight, enjoy dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Jodhpur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Ranakpur en Route to Udaipur
This morning, depart Jodhpur for Udaipur. On your drive, stop in Ranakpur to visit one of the Jain's holiest pilgrimage centers and the Jain Temple, dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, crafted of pure white marble with more than a thousand columns. See the magnificent views of the surrounding landscape before departing to Udaipur, known as the "City of Lakes" and celebrated for its fairy-tale marble palaces that seem to rise from the waters of Lake Pichola. Spend the rest of the day acquainting yourself with this beautiful city
Overnight: Udaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Udaipur and Lake Pichola
On your morning tour of Udaipur visit the spectacular City Palace, a soaring creation of marble and granite perched on the lake's edge. This extravagant palace complex, the largest in Rajasthan, blends medieval, European, and Chinese architecture and is richly decorated with glittering Belgium mirrors. After, on to the Jagdish Temple, with its exterior reliefs of alligators, elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians rising in tiers, the largest and most splendid temple of Udaipur. The serene setting of the Sahelliyon-ki-Bari gardens is your next stop, with its lovely fountains, lotus pools and marble elephants. Linger at the gardens, return to the town, or head back to the hotel. Later enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Pichola
Overnight: Udaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Sunday - Mumbai (formerly Bombay)
Board a flight this morning to Mumbai, the most populous city in India, with a rich blend of Eastern and Western heritage. Begin at the commanding Gateway to India Arch, built to commemorate the 1911 royal visit of King George V. Ironically, 24 years later, the last British regimen marched through the Arch while leaving India following the country's independence. Continue to Dhobi Ghat, where dirty laundry from all over Mumbai is brought to a massive open-air laundry and painstakingly hand washed by the "dhobis" (washermen) in endless rows of concrete troughs fitted with flogging stones. It provides an unforgettable glimpse into the workings of the city and unlike anything you have ever seen. Stop at the Mani Bhavan Mahatma Gandhi Museum where Gandhi's movement was launched in 1942 and the serene ISKCON Temple. Drive through colonial Mumbai with its many buildings, structures and historical monuments still remaining from the colonial era. Tonight, share wonderful memories of your journey in India at a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Mumbai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Depart India
Spend the day at leisure to explore Mumbai on your own. Late evening transfer to the airport for all flights departing near midnight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for India
Welcome to India! Arrive in the energetic capital city of New Delhi; meet your representative and transfer to the hotel. Time to rest and relax after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: New Delhi

DAY 2, Saturday - Old & New Delhi
Wake up this morning to the incredible journey in India that awaits you. Begin in the walled city of Old Delhi, founded by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Travel along the winding streets to Raj Ghat, memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation and site of his cremation. Stop to photograph the massive Red Fort, a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. Then, ride a cycle rickshaw along the lanes of Chandni Chowk, once the imperial avenue of Mughal royalty. The tour continues to New Delhi, a city of airy boulevards, lush parks and gardens. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Qutab Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret and the 20th-century Birla Temple, honoring the Hindu goddess of wealth. Drive past the imposing India Gate War Memorial to Indian and British soldiers, Parliament House and the Presidential Palace. Tonight, return back to the hotel, and enjoy an orientation meeting with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager. The remainder of your evening is at leisure
Overnight: New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Sunday - New Delhi to Agra
Morning visit to Akshardham Temple, it is a beautifully ornate structure carved by 7,000 sculptors out of pink sandstone and white marble with over 20,000 statues, floral motifs and exquisite carved pillars made of stone that epitomizes the spirituality and beauty of the country's rich Hindu culture. This architectural masterpiece, built along the river Yamuna, lies in an area of over 100 acres with beautiful gardens, water fountains and carved pavilions. Afterwards, on to Agra, with its celebrated past, rich heritage and architectural treasures. En route, stop at the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and inlay of semi-precious stones.The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the delights of this splendid city. This evening dinner together at the hotel in Agra
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
A memorable day as you visit the astonishing Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved Queen. This is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world, built of white marble and precious stones over a 22 year period; regarded as the finest example of Mughal design in the world. Afterwards, stop at Kalakriti Marble, whose founding family was inspired by the Taj Mahal to become a manufacturer of fine inlaid marble work. Marvel at the museum quality workmanship as you watch a demonstration of the timely process of marble carvings, filigree and stone inlay. Afterwards, you'll be able to browse their home furnishings and decorative items. Later, visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its incredible maze of walled courtyards, mosques and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Tonight, celebrate "love" at an optional evening performance of Mohabbat-e-Taj; a series of plays that portrays the intense love of the Shah Jahan for his wife and depicts the lavish lifestyle of the Mughal era
Optional: Mohabbat-e-Taj Show (PM)
Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Agra to Ranthambore National Park
Depart Agra to the small ancient village of Abhaneri in northern Rajasthan. Here, you visit the Chand Baori step well, fortified on all sides, one of the oldest and largest in India dating back to the 8th or 9th century. This unique idea, conceived by the early natives to function as a water reservoir, is situated adjacent to the temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, the goddess of joy and happiness. After lunch, drive to the Ranthambore National Park region, one of the largest and most renowned national parks in Northern India, the former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Time to enjoy the beautiful new surroundings. Dinner together tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Ranthambore
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Ranthambore National Park Safari
Today, set out on an early morning drive to the wildlife sanctuary at Ranthambore National Park. A local naturalist guide joins you in your park-assigned Jeep or Canter vehicle as you begin your search for elusive tigers as well as hyenas, jackals and foxes. The park is dotted with structures, including a huge hilltop fort reminiscent of a bygone era. Ranthambore National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of "Project Tiger." The park is truly a wildlife enthusiasts and photographer's dream, most famous for its tigers and one of the best locations in India to see these majestic predators in their natural habitat. Enjoy lunch at the hotel, with time to relax before the evening safari that is sure to thrill you. Return to the lodge in time for dinner together - a great opportunity to compare your wildlife stories
Overnight: Ranthambore
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Travel to Jaipur
Travel to Jaipur, gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan. Arrive in this glorious city, with its colorful stucco buildings lining the wide streets and you'll understand why it's nicknamed the "Pink City." The city was painted this unique color in 1876 to celebrate the first visit of the Prince of Wales to Jaipur. Drive past stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces en route to the hotel. Visit the world-famous Raj Mandir Cinema, a popular symbol of Jaipur with its astonishing meringue-shaped auditorium, ever-changing colored lighting and a symmetrical shaped exterior
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Amber Fort and Highlights of Jaipur
Excursion to the spectacular Amber Fort, a stunning fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles, with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors. On the way, drive past the Hawa Mahal, the "Palace of Winds" with its lacy ornamental façade accented by delicate latticework and honeycomb windows. Arrive to the Amber Fort and ascend the hill to the ramparts by jeep. From here, view the breathtaking panorama of Jaipur's original city walls and Maotha Lake. Enjoy some refreshments while shopping the vast collection of local handicrafts at Jaipur Handicrafts, offering premium quality handmade carpets, textiles, pashminas, pottery and paintings. Fabrics in all colors and texture are available for loose purchase as well as custom design work. This afternoon's tour includes the beautifully preserved 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory with its ingenious instruments, and the opulent City Palace, a former royal residence, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of paintings, costumes and armory. Tonight's optional evening is highlighted by the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a local neighborhood restaurant where you'll be entertained by performers in traditional attire performing dance moves to the rhythm of accompanying musical instruments
Optional: Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Cultural Performance
Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Jaipur to Jodhpur
Arrive in the blue-hued old city of Jodhpur, which lies at the foot of the massive Mehrangarh Fort that dominates the skyline. Time to relax before the visit to the Jaswant Thada Memorial, built in 1899 out of the finest marble in honor of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Afterwards, ascend to the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, built in 1459 of burnished redsand stone, often called the "Citadel of the Sun." This fort, one of the most impressive in all of Rajasthan, is acknowledged as one of the best preserved forts in all of India. Tonight, enjoy dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Jodhpur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Ranakpur en Route to Udaipur
This morning, depart Jodhpur for Udaipur. On your drive, stop in Ranakpur to visit one of the Jain's holiest pilgrimage centers and the Jain Temple, dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, crafted of pure white marble with more than a thousand columns. See the magnificent views of the surrounding landscape before departing to Udaipur, known as the "City of Lakes" and celebrated for its fairy-tale marble palaces that seem to rise from the waters of Lake Pichola. Spend the rest of the day acquainting yourself with this beautiful city
Overnight: Udaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Udaipur and Lake Pichola
On your morning tour of Udaipur visit the spectacular City Palace, a soaring creation of marble and granite perched on the lake's edge. This extravagant palace complex, the largest in Rajasthan, blends medieval, European, and Chinese architecture and is richly decorated with glittering Belgium mirrors. After, on to the Jagdish Temple, with its exterior reliefs of alligators, elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians rising in tiers, the largest and most splendid temple of Udaipur. The serene setting of the Sahelliyon-ki-Bari gardens is your next stop, with its lovely fountains, lotus pools and marble elephants. Linger at the gardens, return to the town, or head back to the hotel. Later enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Pichola
Overnight: Udaipur
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Tuesday - Mumbai (formerly Bombay)
Board a flight this morning to Mumbai, the most populous city in India, with a rich blend of Eastern and Western heritage. Begin at the commanding Gateway to India Arch, built to commemorate the 1911 royal visit of King George V. Ironically, 24 years later, the last British regimen marched through the Arch while leaving India following the country's independence. Continue to Dhobi Ghat, where dirty laundry from all over Mumbai is brought to a massive open-air laundry and painstakingly hand washed by the "dhobis" (washermen) in endless rows of concrete troughs fitted with flogging stones. It provides an unforgettable glimpse into the workings of the city and unlike anything you have ever seen. Stop at the Mani Bhavan Mahatma Gandhi Museum where Gandhi's movement was launched in 1942 and the serene ISKCON Temple. Drive through colonial Mumbai with its many buildings, structures and historical monuments still remaining from the colonial era. Tonight, share wonderful memories of your journey in India at a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Mumbai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday - Depart India
Spend the day at leisure to explore Mumbai on your own. Late evening transfer to the airport for all flights departing near midnight
Meals: Breakfast

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Mohabbat-e-Taj Show

The Kalakriti Theater is the venue for this vibrant dance drama depicting a 16th century Mughal era love story that defines the Taj Mahal. Watch and listen (in a choice of languages by headset) as Shah Jahan and Queen Mumtaz Mahal profess their love for one another, and he creates the Taj Mahal in her memory. You will see the most realistic replica of the monument existing today. Animated action, brilliant costumes and powerfully resonant vocal performances. Best for those tenacious and would enjoy resounding vocals in local parlance.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #4 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 AUD$57.00
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Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Cultural Performance

Enjoy the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a popular local restaurant. You’ll be entertained by performers in traditional attire as they re-enact stories of a past era with dance and music. This is a typical folklore show, not to be construed as a professional performance. Included will be an amateur puppet show, dancing with props and audience participation. Transfers to and from the venue are included.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #8 01 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2020 AUD$43.00
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Mohabbat-e-Taj Show

The Kalakriti Theater is the venue for this vibrant dance drama depicting a 16th century Mughal era love story that defines the Taj Mahal. Watch and listen (in a choice of languages by headset) as Shah Jahan and Queen Mumtaz Mahal profess their love for one another, and he creates the Taj Mahal in her memory. You will see the most realistic replica of the monument existing today. Animated action, brilliant costumes and powerfully resonant vocal performances. Best for those tenacious and would enjoy resounding vocals in local parlance.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #4 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 AUD$57.00
Mohabbat-e-Taj Show Thumbnail
Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Cultural Performance

Enjoy the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a popular local restaurant. You’ll be entertained by performers in traditional attire as they re-enact stories of a past era with dance and music. This is a typical folklore show, not to be construed as a professional performance. Included will be an amateur puppet show, dancing with props and audience participation. Transfers to and from the venue are included.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #8 01 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2020 AUD$43.00
Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Cultural Performance Thumbnail
Mohabbat-e-Taj Show

The Kalakriti Theater is the venue for this vibrant dance drama depicting a 16th century Mughal era love story that defines the Taj Mahal. Watch and listen (in a choice of languages by headset) as Shah Jahan and Queen Mumtaz Mahal profess their love for one another, and he creates the Taj Mahal in her memory. You will see the most realistic replica of the monument existing today. Animated action, brilliant costumes and powerfully resonant vocal performances. Best for those tenacious and would enjoy resounding vocals in local parlance.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #4 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 AUD$57.00
Mohabbat-e-Taj Show Thumbnail
Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Cultural Performance

Enjoy the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a popular local restaurant. You’ll be entertained by performers in traditional attire as they re-enact stories of a past era with dance and music. This is a typical folklore show, not to be construed as a professional performance. Included will be an amateur puppet show, dancing with props and audience participation. Transfers to and from the venue are included.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #8 01 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2020 AUD$43.00
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8 Day Golden Triangle of India, February 2015
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My trip was amazing. Everything went soo smoothly. I was extremely happy with Gate 1 and the package they offered. The hotels, bus everything was excellent. I also wanted to say that the tour guide Mr. Singh was exceptional. A very friendly, caring, knowledgeable guide. Nothing was too much... He was very good.

Thank you once again. Everyone on the trip from what I heard was also very happy with their trip. Well done Gate 1 and thank you, I look forward to taking future trips with you!

Katrina L. Queensland, Australia
9 Day Golden Triangle of India, June 2018
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Our trip to India was fantastic ! I'm more than happy with Gate1 and with your organized trips. India is our 3rd trip with Gate1 and I don't have one single thing to complained ... I personally would not be able to organize my own time better. Gate1 vision of traveling and seeing world is fantastic for people who likes to travel . Your tour guides makes trips really enjoyable and memorable . We arrived back to Canada and India was way more then just amazing trip.

Aleksandra V. Ontario, CA
10 Day Golden Triangle of India (Sunday Departure), May 2018
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Our trip to India was incredible! Our tour guide, Jimmy, was attentive, helpful, personable, reliable, and approachable. His assistant and bus driver were also very helpful throughout the trip. I didn't know much about India and booked the trip because my friends found a great package. I was a little nervous since the culture is very different; however, all my doubts were gone once we arrived and met the Gate 1 team and our group. Everything exceeded my expectations and I wish we had more time in India. I will most likely book anther trip with Gate 1 in the future. Thanks again for an unforgettable trip.

Estefania P. Parkland, FL.
10 Day Golden Triangle of India, May 2018
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Hi there, The India trip was so amazing, everything ran smoothly, I was impressed with how organized and detailed every aspect was. Jimmy, our tour guide did a fantastic job!

Anastasia S. Los Angeles, CA
10 Day Golden Triangle of India, April 2018
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It was wonderful. Gate 1 always does a great job. I especially loved the hotels and the ideal locations! Mandu, the tour guide was EXCEPTIONAL!! He was very helpful, caring and informative.

Rose L. Alameda, CA
18 Day Classic India with Ranthambore & Nepal, April 2018
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Our trip was everything we hoped for and more! Our tour guide Seema Singh was delightful and very organized. She was extremely knowledgeable about history and current events. She kept us on schedule and added other things such as an Indian wedding, which was delightful! She also gave great suggestions for things to do on our free time. I would suggest everyone sign up for the optional tours as they were all an added bonus to the trip. The motor coach in India was so nice, as was the driver and assistance. The food was so good, only too much of it! I loved trying all the new items...As for the hotels The Trident chain was so nice! We felt very cared for by the staff and the beauty and cleanliness of the hotels were so welcome after our long days. Our guide in Nepal Sanjay Nepal was great also. He has a great sense of humor, knowledge of his country and was flexible in his schedule which we had to be to see Mt Everest...We have traveled with Gate 1 before and will do so again. I tell everyone "Call Gate 1!"

Marilyn R. Tooele, UT
18 Day Classic India with Ranthambore & Nepal, April 2018
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Highlights of my trip were Seema the guide, she was excellent. The bus was comfortable and the hotels (most of them were 5 star in my book. Plenty of opportunities for meals and all travelers were well taken care of. BUT the best of all was all the wonderful sites, history, culture, religions and philosophies. It was an education bar none. I definitely got my monies worth and more.

Jeanne J. Shoreline, WA
15 Day Golden Triangle of India with Nepal, March 2018
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Trip was amazing! Our guide, Neelam, was fantastic. Hotels and food were great. Everything went smoothly and seemed well organized. I'm going to look at Gate 1 first the next time I'm ready for another vacation!

Spring Valley, CA
10 Day Golden Triangle of India, March 2018
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Trip was excellent, loved India, great guide and incredible bus driver! Gate1 does a really good job and I will definitely go on more of your tours!

Susan J. Henderson, NV
13 Day Classic India with Ranthambore, March 2018
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Really enjoyed my 13 day India tour...Everything exceeded my expectations- hotels and coach transport were top notch and the historic buildings around the Golden Triangle and in Mumbai were wonderful. But the highlight for me (even slightly better than the Taj Mahal) was seeing a tiger up close in Ranthambore. I'm very impressed with Gate 1 tours and am considering another holiday with them.

Glenda C. Bawley Point, NSW, AU
13 Day Classic India with Ranthambore, February 2018
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Thoroughly enjoyed my trip to India. Have nothing but praise for Gate 1 travel from my first communication with you here in Sydney and for all who made my travels enjoyable. The organisation was exceptional with no worries for me. My tour leader, Sony Singh, was very impressive, efficient, and approachable. Another Gate1 trip should be on the horizon.

Heather G. Lake Heights, AU
12 Day Kaleidoscope of India, February 2018
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Our trip was fabulous! We are so pleased with Gate 1 and are looking forward to another adventure with Gate 1. Our guide in India was just terrific. We feel lucky to have gotten Manish Nagar for our trip. We are recommending Gate 1 to family and friends who are interested in travel.

Susan P. Mesa, AZ
15 Day Golden Triangle of India with Nepal, February 2018
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We had a wonderful time. I did a lot of research before we left on the historical aspects of the areas in India and Nepal which we were going to visit. And as always, it was more beautiful in person. Our guide Kapil was just the right blend for our group. Knowledgeable with a good sense of humor. Keeping a group that large happy, interested, and moving in the right direction must be a challenge. And he did it with seemingly no effort.

Edward B. N Chesterfield, VA
15 Day Golden Triangle of India with Nepal, February 2018
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My trip was fantastic!. The tour director in India did and exceptional job. I learned a lot from her not only about the history the culture at the religion of India but also know developments in the country. She did an excellent job of managing the entire tour and made it a very memorable experience. Her knowledge was incredibly impressive. Anil The tour director in Nepal Did an outstanding job. Incredibly knowledgeable and exceeded any expectations I had. I had such a great time that when I return home I started to look at other Gate 1 tours.

Joffre M. Brightwaters, NY
9 Day Golden Triangle of India, January 2018
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The Golden Triangle India tour was fantastic. Made even better by an outstanding tour manager, Aperna Thakur. Just reinforces my choice of Gate 1 for my tours—good prices, top-rated hotels, access to important sites, good restaurants on the road, reasonable bathroom stops and knowledgeable, friendly hard-working tour managers. Kudos to everyone!

Rochelle M. Honolulu, HI
18 Day Classic India with Ranthambore & Nepal, January 2018
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Our trip to India and Nepal met every expectation. I appreciated the diversity of experiences and the range of backgrounds and experiences of our fellow-travelers. The pace was just right...Our tour guide, Viney, was sensitive to the group's needs and provided the logistical and interpretive support we needed. Toward the end of the trip we fit in more cultural exposures with a bit less attention to temples and monuments, which was most welcome. This was our fifth trip with Gate 1 and I suspect it won't be our last.

Bill M. W Hyannisport, MA
9 Day Golden Triangle of India, August 2015
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I enjoyed the trip very much. The accommodations were top-notch. Our guide Mr. Singh was quite knowledgeable and he and the other staff on the bus made the vacation a pleasurable experience. The shows and the meals were enjoyable. As with my other Gate 1 tours, I will be recommending the Gate 1 India vacation to my friends and colleagues.

Dennis R. Bronx, NY
12 Day Kaleidoscope of India, January 2013
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Our trip was very interesting and quite a bit to take in. We particularly want to commend our guide, Verandra Kohli, who gave knowledgable and insightful information throughout the tour and worked tirelessly to ensure the many details of the arrangements were in place in each location. He even helped with the overwhelming hawkers! As he explained, we were very lucky, not only with the weather, but that there weren't a huge number of visitors at the Taj Mahal (or other sites). We were a relatively large group, I think 32, but the camaraderie was excellent and we're already exchanging emails and even have a site for posting photos for all to share. Hotels were good and food was usually excellent. Bus drivers were incredible (given the conditions).  Thanks for the great trip and value.

Admon B. Palo Alto, CA

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